Earthquake of 7.3 magnitude detected off the coast of Japan,at least 100 injured
A strong earthquake hit off the coast of northeastern Japan late Saturday, shaking Fukushima, Miyagi and other areas, but there was no threat of a tsunami, officials said.
The earthquake had a 7.3 magnitude and its epicentre was off the coast of Fukushima prefecture at a depth of 60 km, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. It shook buildings for some time after it hit, shortly after 11:00 p.m.
Tokyo Electric Power Co. said that as a result of the quake, about 860,000 households were without power, but according to Kato, electricity was steadily being restored.
Kato said there was no danger of a tsunami from the quake. He said that some trains in northeastern Japan had stopped running, and that other damage was still being checked.
Government spokesman Katsunobu Kato told a briefing carried on public broadcaster NHK that some 950,000 households were initially without electricity. In northeast Japan, like Fukushima and neighboring prefectures, the blackouts seemed to be localized.
Owing to the coronavirus pandemic, some residents were seeking cover at emergency centers and were encouraged to exercise social distancing.